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Benfica squeeze past valiant Spurs

Published: Thursday 20 March 2014, 21.05CET
SL Benfica 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur FC (agg: 5-3)
Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring and although Nacer Chadli struck twice late on, Lima's penalty sealed the Eagles' progress.
by Josh Hershman
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
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Published: Thursday 20 March 2014, 21.05CET

Benfica squeeze past valiant Spurs

SL Benfica 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur FC (agg: 5-3)
Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring and although Nacer Chadli struck twice late on, Lima's penalty sealed the Eagles' progress.

SL Benfica remain on course for a second consecutive UEFA Europa League final after squeezing past Tottenham Hotspur FC to reach the quarter-finals.

With a 3-1 lead to defend from last week's round of 16 opener, Benfica looked assured in possession and their advantage was rarely threatened until the last 12 minutes. Ezequiel Garay's 34th-minute header made it 4-1 on aggregate, yet two Nacer Chadli goals made for a nervy finish until Lima kept his cool from the spot to book the Eagles' place in Friday's draw.

Buoyed by their impressive first-leg display and a ten-game unbeaten run at home in Europe stretching back to October 2012, Benfica started in confident fashion with Luisão, who scored twice at White Hart Lane, heading over from close range. The visitors soon found their feet, though, and could have gone in front in the 15th minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner found its way to an unmarked Robert Soldado at the far post but the forward volleyed into the ground and over the bar.

Indeed, Soldado and Chadli began to link up well for Tottenham with the former seeing his strike deflected over before the latter nodded wide from a corner inside the half-hour mark. However, just as Tim Sherwood's charges were building momentum Benfica went ahead, scoring for the 26th consecutive match in all competitions. Eduardo Salvio evaded the attentions of Aaron Lennon on the right and clipped in a cross for Garay to power a header past Brad Friedel.

Chances were few and far between after the break until the introduction of Harry Kane. Soldado's replacement flicked a long pass into the path of Chadli and the Belgian international cut in from the right to fire beyond Jan Oblak. Just a minute later, the same combination worked for Spurs as Kane's cushioned header fell kindly for Chadli to smash in from close range.

Tottenham had renewed belief and threw men forward late on. They almost forced extra time through Sigurdsson and Kane headers but Oblak was equal to both. In added time, substitute Lima picked himself up after being fouled in the area and put the tie beyond doubt from the spot. Jorge Jesus's men march on.

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

tottenham

Tottenham

41
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
24
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Yellow Card10
3
RoseDanny Rose
6
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
7
LennonAaron Lennon (C)
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution76
9
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution71
8
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution90+2
16
NaughtonKyle Naughton
Yellow Card90+1
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Substitution71
17
TownsendAndros Townsend
Substitution76
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
21
ChadliNacer Chadli
Goal78
Goal79
16
SiqueiraGuilherme Siqueira
22
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
30
SandroSandro
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
Goal34
35
FryersEzekiel Fryers
30
André GomesAndré Gomes
42
BentalebNabil Bentaleb

Substitutes

13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
56
ArcherJordan Archer (GK)
11
LimaLima
Substitution76
Goal90+5
23
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Substitution76
19
RodrigoRodrigo
37
H. KaneHarry Kane
Substitution71
33
JardelJardel
51
VeljkovićMiloš Veljković
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
62
WinksHarry Winks
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution71
Yellow Card90
63
OgilvieConnor Ogilvie
50
L. MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution90+2
64
D. BallDominic Ball

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Tim Sherwood (ENG)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Bojan Ul (SVN), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Jure Praprotnik (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Slavko Vinčić (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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